UPDATED: Some of the major blogs and websites watching the Maldives elections are…
– Global Voices Editor Rezwan at Global Voices
– There is a list of political parties of the Maldives with some links at Wikipedia here.
– The Maldives Elections Commission is here, but they only have the names and addresses of the parties – not websites if any.
Owen Arthur To Ensure Legal Election In Maldives (Huh? !!!)
Remember the day that Opposition Leader David Thompson confronted then Prime Minister Owen Arthur about why Arthur deposited a cheque for $75,000 in “campaign donations” into his personal bank account at First Caribbean International Bank, Speightstown? Remember a caught Arthur stammering and sputtering like we’d never seen before as he mumbled something about “making mistakes”?
Remember when Owen Arthur gave US$150,000 in after-tax income to a cricket charity? As we said at the time, just think about the kind of resources and income you have to have to give away that kind of money on a politicians salary while supporting three women and only the Lord knows how many childrens!
Remember how, under Prime Minister Owen Arthur, the Barbados Labour Party promoted a website that was calling for arson, rape and murder of a political opponent of the government? Let me refresh your memory here and here.
Remember when Owen Arthur refused to even acknowledge a letter from the victim of death threats by his supporters? Remember when the police wouldn’t even look into the case because some of the death threats were coming from a computer used by a BLP Member of Parliament?
Remember journalists saying that Prime Minister Owen Arthur created a climate of fear and oppression for the news media? Remember Owen Arthur taking the Nation newspaper to task for daring to print an opposition advertisement? Remember the Barbados police assaulting and arresting journalists and erasing their photos and Prime Minister Arthur thought that was just fine?
Remember how the former editor of the Barbados Advocate said about the government of Prime Minister Owen Arthur…
“The full story of how I was treated by the Barbados Labour Party has not been told but I will do so one day and Barbadians will see what an authoritarian government we had. How we were on the brink of dictatorship because when the press is attacked and bullied into submission, freedom is always in danger.” … former newspaper editor Reudon Eversley writing at Barbados Underground Evil As Hell The Lot Of Them.
Remember how the BLP under Owen Arthur distributed “cash for votes” on election day?
Remember THAT Owen Arthur? The One Who Deposited “Campaign Contributions” To His Own Bank Account?
What does this really mean?
It means that Prime Minister David Thompson has no intention of fully investigating Owen Arthur or any of the BLP’s millionaire politicians for corruption.
That is Barbados’ loss, and proof enough that the old boys’ network is still alive on this rock.